I’ve had quite a few Raggedy Anns and Andies in the hospital the last few months. Most of them come with face wounds. Sometimes the face damage is due to a pet, but more often with Raggedies, it’s just time. Many of the commercial Raggedy Anns were originally overstuffed. Over time, the pressure gets to their fabric, and their faces tear, or, just as often, their ankles do. Today I thought I’d share three stages of treatments for Raggedy faces, using three different patients.
The first option to treat a Raggedy tear is just to stitch it, and add small skin transplants as needed. This leaves a bit of a patchwork effect, but preserves as much as possible of the doll’s original facial features. This Raggedy Ann’s person opted for that treatment. As you can see in her arrival photo, she had a pretty serious tear.
Here she is after the small transplant repairs, ready to go home:
This Raggedy Andy came in for a custom face transplant. That means, he had a handmade face made to replace his original torn one. The new face goes over the original. Here’s Andy on arrival:
And here he is waiting to go home:
This last of the face transplants is a Raggedy Ann. Her face was actually pretty good, just a bit faded. But she had tearing at her neck, and her limbs and hair were damaged. Her people provided a donor, and had the original Raggedy Ann’s face and chest transplanted onto it. Frequently, I do the reverse, where I transplant a donor’s commercial face onto a beloved Raggedy. Here, the original (who had travelled to over 15 countries with her people) had a body transplant for her healthy face!
Here she is on arrival with the donor (I apologize for the bluriness, I couldn’t get a good pic). The original is on the bottom:
And here she is all better, displaying her new body:
You can see a bit of the donor’s heart peaking through under her own.
One bonus Raggedy tale…This is Orangie. She had a face transplant once, which had torn off. But her original face was actually fairly good (her person liked the light embroidery). Orangie arrived looking like this:
She came to have her face cleaned up, new arms and new legs, but the plan was to retain her foot and hair. She also got a bath (rare for Raggedies). And she got all new clothes! Here’s her bath pic:
And here she is all better:
She even made a friend at the hospital, my own Raggedy Ann: